When Hunted Cow Studios originally launched Battle Dungeon this past December, it seemed like a promising tactical turn-based strategy title with a heavy emphasis on online play. In fact, even the single player portion of the game relied on Hunted Cow's online servers, as that's where the computer AI lived too. No matter how you planned on playing it, Battle Dungeon required an online connection.

So when the game began to pick up steam in the pirating community, and those same servers began filling up with players who never actually paid for the game, it became financially unviable for Hunted Cow to continue to keep them running. That means the game was pulled from the App Store and servers were turned off, and thanks to how the AI was hosted it made Battle Dungeon useless even for an offline single player experience.

A sad story for a game that hadn't even been out for a week at the time, but Hunted Cow was very good at facilitating refunds for those who bought the game and they vowed to rework Battle Dungeon and re-release it as an offline, single-player only game. After a few months the team has finally reached that goal with the release of Battle Dungeon: Risen [$1.99].

Battle Dungeon: Risen features the same turn-based gameplay as the original game, but spread across 12 self-contained single-player scenarios. Each scenario has a 3-star grading system, and with the level of customization you're given to create a team and progress each character there is a lot of replay value in finding the best team and set of tactics for beating each one. And, as you can see in the comparison screen below, the graphics and lighting have been noticeably improved over the original Battle Dungeon.

While the absence of competitive online matches is a bummer, Battle Dungeon: Risen proves it wasn't a necessary requirement for having a thoughtful, challenging, and highly tactical turn-based strategy experience on mobile. If you enjoyed the original game or just didn't get a chance to grab it before it was removed, give Battle Dungeon: Risen a shot and check out our forums for even more positive impressions.

  • metalmandave83

    Screw piracy and the people who engage in it.

    • http://twitter.com/c_lorder Fred Gunning

      I have to disagree, people wouldn't have paid in the beginning so piracy or not doesn't make any difference. If I think someone does deserve something, then I ll pay for it.

      • http://twitter.com/TheGeekNextDoor Bryan Gilomen

        I think Hunted Cow Studios would disagree with you. Are you so silly as to think that the online portion just happens for free? Servers cost money to run. You could almost make that argument for a stand-alone game, but if you play it for more than 5 minutes, you probably should buy it. It's just not worth it to steal these games/apps. They don't cost much to begin with. Just because somebody wouldn't have paid ever doesn't make it right for them to have access to the thing they wouldn't pay for. I'm willing to pay to drive a BMW, so I drive one. Just because you aren't willing/can't afford to pay for one doesn't mean you should be able to steal one and drive it. Get a job.

      • http://twitter.com/c_lorder Fred Gunning

        Lets not get piracy and robbery mixed up okay? This is why developers need to think of ways to induce people to spend on their apps, some apps are just poorly made and dont deserve our money. Alot of apps also claim to be compatible with iphone 4's when it doesnt even run and even crash, poor written compatibility devices are also another reason why people pirate games so they dont waste their money on crap that dont work.

  • alex.white

    Or the enablers (look at you TA).

    • LordOfLetterbox

      Don't get me wrong, I dislike a lot of the stuff that TA does from time to time but your comment makes no sense..How does TA enable people to pirate games? I have never once heard them encourage jail breaking or side loading games. I wouldn't consider myself a fan but from how I see things TA does great work when it comes to bridging developers on iOS to us the fans that play their products. I don't love the fact that they run adverts on the same products they review but that's about the only thing bad I can say about the guys at Touch Arcade.

      • lavenders2

        How about Amazing Baby Names, where TA encouraged people to download an app where some legit developers were undercut, like Square Enix and Capcom? Why purchase Final Fantasy 5 when you can just get a ROM?

      • Cheeseball

        FF5 is not a good example for your argument. There are no enhanced HD versions on other platforms aside from the upcoming Android version.

      • bobehm

        Few people consider playing 20 year old ROMs to be piracy.

      • Karzay

        Probably more than you think, they just don't care as much.

      • monoclespectacle

        Amazing Baby Names, the app which TA did promote and run a "smash-and-grab" article on, was a GBA emulator. GBA ran from '01-'08, which means most of it is probably still under copyright protection, although I confess I didn't Google it.

        Then again, I bought it and have downloaded a few roms I was interested in buying for my actual GBA. Since GBA is out of production I'm fairly certain none of the original developers are getting paid as the majority of sales are now made through secondary(used) markets. And with secondary market markup it's silly to plop down in upwards of 100-300% true value on a cartridge, due to rarity or popularity. Internet sales are cheaper but usually are non-refundable if you feel the game sucks. All of which is completely logical and understandable but it really is nice to bypass the system with an emulator.

        Of course some will feel that's all a load of BS. Those grey areas are beast mode.

      • monoclespectacle

        Oh yeah and on topic, I bought BD:R and have been enjoying it, since missing out on its last outing.

  • ratsinheat

    Jay Leno claims this game is too hard

  • Morgan01

    By definition, piracy is an act of robbery. Robbery is theft of an item, in this case, software, by unlawful means. People who commit piracy have to justify their actions. Acquiring software from a developer without their consent, is considered illegal.
    But I digress. Battle Dungeon has returned, isn't that what the focus of this forum should be?